This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Turkey, Beirut, Lebanon, Iran, Homs, Palmyra, Syria, Tanf, Mediterranean, Soleimani, US, Iraq, France, Ansarallah, Yemen.

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Massive naval exercise is Turkey’s response to Libyan Army attack on air defenses: expert

Published 2020-07-08 18:34:36 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – Commenting on the Turkish military maneuvers off the coast of Libya, Egyptian military expert Major General Samir Ragheb said that it is a dangerous diplomatic message called “battleship diplomacy”. Ragheb said in an interview with RT Arabic this week that the Turkish military maneuvers are sending a stern warning to Ankara’s enemies that they are willing to use its armed forces to combat any threat. The Egyptian military expert considered that these maneuvers came in response to the destruction of the Turkish air defense system at the Al-Watiyah military base south of the Libyan capital,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Lebanese people amass at Beirut Airport to protest arrival of US Army commander

Published 2020-07-08 16:33:44 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The entrance to Rafic Hariri International Airport witnessed on Wednesday, a large protest against the visit of the commander of the Central Region of the American Army. According to reports, the demonstrators blocked the road in protest of the commander of the U.S. Army’s Central Command Kenneth Franklin McKenzie to Lebanon. Protesters waved flags and banners in support of a number of Lebanese groups, including Hezbollah, and the Lebanese Communist Party. This latest protest at the Rafic Hariri International Airport comes at a time when Lebanon experiences an economic crisis that has not only affected… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon


Iran allegedly deploys its S-300 air defense system to several areas: media

Published 2020-07-08 16:01:08 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Iran has allegedly begun to deploy its Russian-made S-300 air defense system in the Islamic Republic. According to the Russian publication Avia.Pro, Iran ran has begun deploying this air defense system amid reports of increased security measures by the Persian Gulf nation. “The reason for this was a likely air strike on the Iranian nuclear military center, however, sources report that the captured anti-aircraft guided missiles transported by tractors could have be transported several days ago from Russia across the Caspian Sea,” Avia.Pro said. The publication published a video in which the S-300 can be… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Syrian Army eliminates group of militants infiltrating from US-controlled zone: video

Published 2020-07-08 15:39:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated a group of militants that attempted to infiltrate into the Palmyra region of Homs from the U.S.-controlled Tanf Zone on Tuesday. According to reports, the group of militants was reportedly ambushed by the Syrian Arab Army, who managed to eliminate a number of them, while also arresting three others north of the Tanf Zone. The Syrian Arab News Agency released a video on Wednesday that showed the aftermath of the ambush, including the captured weapons and militants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWBBnSjXyz4 The Syrian Arab Army has been deploying reinforcements to the Badiya… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Palmyra, Syria, Tanf


Turkey prepares for possible war with large-scale naval exercise off Libyan coast: media

Published 2020-07-08 15:11:14 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – In a noticeable step in terms of timing and location, the Turkish Navy announced that it would conduct massive naval exercises off the Libyan coast in the coming period. The Turkish media quoted the navy as saying that the expected maneuvers would be called “Naftex”, and would take place off the Libyan coast in 3 different regions, and each would bear a special name, which is “Barbaros”, “Targot Rais” and “Chaka Bay”. Furthermore, the Turkey-based Yeni Safak newspaper revealed that these maneuvers will take place soon, and that they are training in anticipation of any… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Mediterranean, Turkey


Hezbollah reveals Qassem Soleimani’s role in 2006 War

Published 2020-07-08 14:27:53 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – For the first time, Hezbollah revealed the “pivotal role” of the late commander of the Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, in the 2006 War. In an interview with Al-Ahd News, Deputy Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sheikh Naim Qassem, said that “Soleimani was one of those directly in the central operations room to meet urgent needs and to give an opinion on some military plans that accompany confronting the enemy.” Sheikh Qassem said that “the July 2006 aggression is a real Israeli war on Lebanon that was aimed at crushing the Islamic resistance as they crossed, but… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Lebanon, Soleimani


Iran denies reports about new attack on nuclear facility

Published 2020-07-08 14:07:46 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Atomic Energy Commission denied reports circulated on social media last night about an explosion at a nuclear site in the central city of Yazd. “After publishing the false allegations of anti-revolutionary elements in the media about an explosion at the martyr Reza Nejad Ardakan nuclear complex in Yazd province, our reports stated that no incident occurred in this nuclear complex,” the commission said in a statement. They continued: “The claim by the counter-revolutionary elements abroad is aimed at serving the Zionist terrorist entity and war promoters, in order to create a media hype,… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


US military sends large convoy to eastern Syria

Published 2020-07-08 13:57:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition forces reportedly sent a large military convoy to eastern Syria on Tuesday after it was observed crossing into the country from neighboring Iraq. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, approximately 27 trucks filled with military and logistical equipment entered eastern Syria through the Al-Walid crossing, which links Nineveh to Al-Hasakah. The SANA report, citing local sources, said the U.S. military convoy made its way to the Qasraq Tal Baider base. No further details were released regarding this U.S. military convoy. Over the last few months, the U.S. military has built new… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Iran vows to strengthen Syria’s air defenses in new military cooperation deal

Published 2020-07-08 13:42:41 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Iran and Syria have signed a new military cooperation deal that seeks to bring the two allies closer through their armed forces. According to Al-Mayadeen TV, Syrian Defense Minister, ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayoub, and the Chief of the Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Bagheri, signed an agreement to expand military cooperation on Wednesday. The agreement emphasizes the expansion of military and security cooperation in the field of armed forces activities and the continuation of coordination. An Al-Mayadeen correspondent reported that in today’s conversation, both sides discussed the situation in… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


US Congress drafts bill to prevent Pentagon from spending funds on occupying Syrian, Iraqi oil

Published 2020-07-08 13:20:30 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – A new U.S. Congress bill aims to prevent the Pentagon from spending federal funds for the purposes of imposing control over oil fields in Syria and Iraq. The project came on the heels of the draft military budget for fiscal year 2021, released on Tuesday by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. The press release regarding the new draft law states: “It is prohibited to spend money to control oil resources in Syria and Iraq.” This amount, in particular, is estimated at about $700 million, and it is proposed that it be used to provide assistance,… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Hezbollah is in talks with gov’t about Iran supplying Lebanon with fuel: Nasrallah

Published 2020-07-08 13:08:04 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT,LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah revealed on Tuesday that his organization is in talks with the Lebanese government about the possibility of Iran supply Lebanon with fuel. “We have started a discussion … and we have presented the Lebanese officials, in a quiet manner away from the media, to see this option and where it can lead.” He continued: “This option has very big blessings on the assets of the Lebanese Central Bank, on banks, on depositors, on agriculture, on industry, on electricity plants … on the value of the national currency and on the trade… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Lebanon


French warplanes destroy ISIS underground bases in Iraq

Published 2020-07-08 12:42:29 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The French Air Force carried out airstrikes over Iraq on Tuesday, targeting sites belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization. According to reports, the French warplanes heavily targeted the Islamic State’s underground bases in the Salaheddine Governorate, as their airstrikes inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist forces. The airstrikes were conducted in conjunction with the ongoing Iraqi military operations against the Islamic State forces in the Salaheddine Governorate. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday, that Iraqi warplanes also carried out precise airstrikes, in which they destroyed a car bomb and tunnels used… Read on ->

Tags: France, Iraq


Yemen’s Ansarallah forces threaten to target Saudi palaces

Published 2020-07-08 12:30:18 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Yemen’s Ansarallah Movement said on Tuesday that all of their targets are military or of a military nature, calling on the citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia to stay away from these sites. A spokesman for the forces said in a televised speech: “Saudi civilians or residents must stay away from the palaces of the wrongdoers, as they have become targets.” The spokesman, General Yahya Sare’a said: “the Yemeni drones, as well as the missiles, are heading towards their targets according to a pre-determined path, and civilians are only harmed by aggressive missiles that fall… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Iran will respond if nuclear facility explosion was caused by attack: official

Published 2020-07-08 12:06:55 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabei announced on Tuesday that his country would respond appropriately in the event that it was revealed there was an attack on the the Natanz nuclear site. In response to a question about some of the hypotheses raised about the Natanz incident and the comments of Israeli officials, Rabei said: “From the beginning, this incident was thoroughly investigated and specialized groups invstigated there, according to the consensus of the relevant experts, the search for the cause of the incident is completed by consensus.” He continued: “Fortunately, there were no casualties… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


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